Florida Driver’s License Change Aimed At Increased Security

June 9, 2019

Motorists in Florida will see new features aimed at increased security when they renew their driver’s licenses.

The Florida Department of Highway and Safety and Motor Vehicles is now issuing a Florida driver license and ID card with enhanced security features to customers. Modifications include the removal of the magnetic strip on the back of the credential, the addition of a tactile security feature and changes to the data and data layout.

The availability schedule at Escambia Tax Collector Offices is as follows:

  • June 4 — Warrington, 4051 Barrancas Ave Suite A
  • June 6 — Marcus Point, 6451 North “W” Street
  • June 20 — Molino, 6440 Highway 95-A North, Suite A
  • June 21 — Downtown 213 Palafox Place

By the end of August 2019, the modified credential will be available at all service centers throughout Florida and online.

“The release of this new credential is part of a continued effort to maintain the highest level of security for all Floridians,” said Terry L. Rhodes, executive director of the FLHSMV. “In cooperation with law enforcement and our stakeholders, we are committed to enhancing security, preventing fraud and best serving our customers.”

In 2017, the department began issuing a redesigned Florida driver license and ID card to provide enhanced security features for customers, better protecting against identity and driver license fraud. The security features ensure Floridians continue to receive the most secure over-the-counter driver license and ID card on the market today.

Individuals are not required to replace their current driver license or ID card during this time, unless their current credential has reached its expiration, or a required change is needed, such as a name or address change.

Previously issued driver license and ID cards will still be used until they are replaced or phased out. Any credentials with a magnetic strip and no tactile feature with an issue date after August 31, 2019, are fraudulent, according to the state.


4 Responses to “Florida Driver’s License Change Aimed At Increased Security”

  1. John Galt on June 10th, 2019 11:03 am

    More cost in the end. Endless taxation and more government oversight. Our founders would have never put up with this

  2. Jim Roberts on June 10th, 2019 8:26 am

    Just received my new Florida Driver’s License. Love the new look and appreciate the security features built-in, which helps to eliminate ID fraud and provides more information.

  3. A on June 10th, 2019 8:22 am

    more than ever before, we should be proud to identify our legal selves. it’s getting ugly out there.

  4. Tee bug on June 9th, 2019 4:09 pm

    They never can leave nothing along I wonder how much this will end up costing us oops did I say end up. Ha Ha we know there’s never no ending to this. Hey I got an idea why not put chips in our body’s like they do dogs yes and then that will stop Mr from flooding my license all the time so we I might be on to something you reckin

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